April 2018

Jun 20, 2018

photo by Marni Rothschild

One of the most fun events surrounding a wedding weekend can be the bridal luncheon. It’s the last time to be with just the girls and take your mind off of all the last minute details. Today, we’re sharing some snippets from some of our favorite past ladies’ lunches.

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The first luncheon took place on the decks of a private yacht. The girls got to lounge and enjoy each other’s company, eat and sip, and had manis/pedis on site.

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The bride gifted custom clutches made from fabrics that she personally chose for each girl, and had their initials embroidered on the inside.

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photos by Liz Banfield

Jamie Moran with son Riley Moran

Our bride’s favorite movie was “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” , so naturally a Tiffany themed luncheon was perfect. All of the girls dressed the part with Tiaras and tea length black gloves.

Jamie Moran with son Riley Moran

Jamie Moran with son Riley Moran

Lunch was held in the private dining room at Peninsula Grill in Charleston, SC.

Jamie Moran with son Riley Moran

Pearl napkin ties and a famous Tiffany blue box cake completed the details. Cake by Jim Smeal.

Jamie Moran with son Riley Moran

Tiffany pearl bracelets from the bride were a thoughtful accessory for each girl to wear as part of their bridesmaid ensembles on the wedding day. Photos by Liz Banfield

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This Southern Belle bride loved girlie touches. Since her wedding took place at a mountain getaway, we decided to utilize the resort’s dining room to host the luncheon.. Itt was so fun to incorporate all of the pink and frills into such a rustic location.

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 We monogramed luncheon napkins that the bride could take home for her linen collection. And the monogramed cocktail napkins were not only the place cards, but fun takeaways for the guests.

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Along with pink sorbet, we surprised the girls with cotton candy (that we personally made for each guest) at the end for a fun treat. Photos by Liz Banfield

6.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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photo by Lucy Cuneo

Mother’s day is around the corner, folks!  Time to think about the perfect gift for your Mom, Grandmother, Stepmother, Aunt, Best Friend, New Mom, Wife, etc.  We have curated a list of our favorites, those that we would like to receive or be thrilled to give.. And, we have something for all interests!  Of course, sometimes a little breakfast in bed or brunch with the family is all the gift needed!

photo by Lucy Cuneo

For the bike riding exercise lover, I adore my Nantucket Bike Basket… I can jet down to the market for a bottle of wine or fresh flowers to put in the house and this basket is perfect!

If you need something a little bigger, try a vintage Grocer’s Basket from BEG… These are hand made by artisans who have been making them for generations.

Over the Moon x Peep’s Paper Products collaboration

Lake Pajamas

The spa going, Netflix binging, or even traveling mama would enjoy one of the sweet new custom monogramed robes from the Over the Moon x Peep’s Paper Products collaboration.  I’m a pajama collector and I’ve received and given these LAKE pajamas frequently and could keep going.. They are so soft and perfect for traveling since you could easily sit on a terrace or in a living room for breakfast and not be embarrassed in these.

For the traditional mom, custom notecards or even luxurious blank cards from Lettered Olive would be perfect. I truly believe handwritten notes are still important and writing them on the loveliest of papers makes them feel like little treasures.

Many of you might not know, but one of my first creative outlets or passions was pottery. I loved throwing pots and truly miss having the time to do that. Luckily, I’m hoping to get back into it later this year when my friend and past bride, Maria White Mebane, begins offering her classes again.  So, for the crafty mom, offering her a chance to discover a possible new talent- message Maria on Instagram @mariawhitestudio to get a class package (8 week sessions will be begin in the fall for $300). And, you can also purchase her pieces (or gift cards), which make your standard bouquet presentation an elevated surprise.

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Bridal Collage

Looking back on this spring wedding really has us excited about designing for all of our upcoming Spring events. Married years ago at Runnymede Plantation outside of Charleston, our couple married under the live oaks overlooking the Ashley River and celebrated with friends and family afterwards with dinner, dancing, and a special guest!  All photos by Liz Banfield Photography.

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We kept the ceremony design simple but stunning.  The natural beauty of the surroundings were enough with some unexpected touches, like linen ottomans accented with blooms, and a gospel choir serenading during the recessional.

The bridesmaids wore full length Amsale dresses in the teal wedding color. Colorful and textured bouquets of garden roses, sweet peas, hypericum, geranium, and ranunculus gave a sunny disposition.

Printing Collage

The natural notes used in the printing items by Lettered Olive were glammed up by letterpressing elegant patterns on the wood grain paper, and using items like velvet covered menus, and copper tags throughout the printing.

After the river front ceremony, guests headed to a cocktail hour that included a huge printed fabric bar highlighted with draped garlands and al fresco lounge seating with prime views.

Cocktail Collage

Favorites like our Soiree signature Lowcountry Lemonade, rose bubbly, and Virginia Ham biscuits were just some of the offerings at cocktail hour.

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calligraphy Collage

Copper garden tags “planted” in live grass boxes served as the escort cards for dinner.  In lieu of a guest book, guests signed a magnum of the couple’s favorite bottles.

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The dinner tent was highlighted by seagrass flooring and a basketweave greenery topper. Our own Frank and Lane chairs were custom painted the wedding teal. Long tables topped with ostrich leather and pastel skirts alternated with square wooden farm tables. Dunes and Duchess spindle lamps with burlap shades blended perfectly with teal Creative Candles tapers

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A mixture of “just picked” florals added to the elevated garden ambience. Varying shades of menu booklets by Velvet Raptor had engraved copper name tags serving as the place cards.

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The 3 wedding cakes by Jim Smeal rested atop a lush greenery tablecloth we fashioned by gluing hundreds of galax leaves onto. Adorable custom “doggie bags” were created for guests to take home extra cake slices. The photo inside was of the couples two Australian Shepards, happy to be included!

 

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b&w Collage

After dancing their first dance as husband and wife to band, Party on the Moon, the bride changed into an amazing feathered and sequined party dress. Special guest, Tone Loc, performed several hits to get the party started.

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At the end of the evening, the guests enjoyed a fireworks show, and the happy couple departed in a vintage ford pick up with sparklers glowing.

 

6.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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